Overturned truck backs-up I-40 traffic in Haywood County

Photo: Dwayne Burleson

A wreck along Interstate 40 in Haywood County closed lanes and tied up traffic for hours Tuesday afternoon.

Dispatchers said a pickup truck hauling a camper overturned just past the exit for Newfound Road and ended up in the median.

The driver suffered only minor injuries after his truck hydroplaned and he lost control of it. Troopers think the truck possibly jackknifed, then struck a guardrail and rolled.

Troopers say that the driver, who is from Texas and was headed to Charlotte, had three very worn tires.

He refused treatment at the scene, and was cited for exceeding a safe speed and having unsafe tires.

The closed lanes due to the wreck have since been reopened.

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